|To mark Labour’s fifth year in power we’ve launched a poll so you can choose, out of what we think are the top five epic fails, the worst.
What do you think? Vote here.
Cost of living crisis - inflation is currently running at 7.2%, far higher than economists predicted. Everything, across the board, costs more.
Health - since Labour removed targets, the national average of patients waiting longer than six hours in emergency departments has gone from fewer than 1 in 10 when National left government, to 1 in 4 under Labour.
Education - two-thirds of Year 10 students have failed basic numeracy and literacy standards and 100,000 students were chronically absent in Term One.
Housing - Labour promised 10,000 KiwiBuild houses, and five years on they’ve only built 1.4% of that. Meanwhile, the state house waitlist has increased by more than 20,000 under Labour’s watch.
Crime – ram-raids are up 518% since 2018 and there are more than 8000 gang members in New Zealand, a 50 per cent increase since Labour came to power in 2017.
Paying the price
As taxpayers, we now have a government that is spending $1 billion more every week, than it did in 2017. A government that is also collecting $33 billion more in tax every year.
The numbers involved are mind-boggling and often too big for people to comprehend as prices rise twice as fast as wages.
Numbers, like this random sample:
- Rents have increased on average, by $140 per week ($7280 a year), while weekly mortgage payments are now $300 higher ($15,600 a year);
- A 20% deposit on an average home is up $60,000 to $160,000;
- Spending $586 million to restructure our health system during a pandemic, plus $168 million for a separate Māori Health Authority;
- $35 million subsidising people to buy electric vehicles;
- $24 million on Kainga Ora office renovations;
- $2.75 million for the Mongrel Mob to run a meth rehab programme;
- $51 million on a cancelled Auckland cycle bridge, including $500,000 on an empty waterfront office.